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probate records : 1879

This collection contains summaries of the vast majority of probate cases in England and Wales between 1858-1966. It effectively forms an index to wills and probate records for this period.

The records were created by the Probate Registry, which took control of proving wills and administrations in 1858. Before this, four different types of ecclesiastical (church) courts dealt with these cases. A Principal Probate Registry was established in London in January 1858, and several district probate registries were created around the country. From then on, the registries oversaw all grants of probate and letters of administration. This collection is the Calendar of these grants.

The Calendar is separated into a different volume for each year. The entries in each volume are then alphabetised by surname. Information varies across different entries, but each typically includes:

  • Probate date
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Registry where issued

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SourceEngland & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name Mary Hunt 
Place of Probate Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Date of Probate 28th March 1879
Effects £200
Entry GINGELL Mary. 28 March. Administration of the Personal Estate of Mary Gingell (Wife of David Gingell) late of Bradford in the County of Wilts who died 28 February 1879 at Bradford was granted at Salisbury to the said David Gingell of Bradford Gentleman. Effects under £200.
Name William Gingell 
Place of Probate Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Date of Probate 11th November 1879
Effects £800
Entry GINGELL William. 11 November. The Will of William Gingell late of Charlton in the County of Wilts Farmer who died 1 October 1879 at Charlton was proved at Salisbury by William Henry Godwin of Charlton Farmer one of the Executors. Effects under £800.
Name Daniel Gyngell 
Place of Probate Berkshire, England
Date of Probate 21st November 1879
Effects £5,000
Entry GYNGELL Daniel. 21 November. The Will of Daniel Gyngell late of Maidenhead in the County of Berks Publican and Cattle Dealer who died 26 October 1879 at the "Grapes" Inn Market - street Maidenhead was proved at the Principal Registry by Mary Gyngell Widow the Relict and Henry John Mount Bank Clerk both of Maidenhead and William Rance the Elder of Taplow in the County of Buckingham Butcher the Executors. Personal Estate under £5, 000.
Reference ID PROB1879


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